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Tasty Holiday Season Drink Cocktails

In: Charge It, Donovan, Random Reads

Today marks the official start to the hectic holiday season. Love this time of year. Being the good little hospitable gay that you are, I’m sure you’re hosting some sort of party in December. Whether it’s an open house, an intimate orphan Christmas dinner or a New Year’s extravaganza, I have a few tasty drink recipes you should give a try. I have a cocktail recipe to suit the tastebuds of any guest you’ll be entertaining.

The EFFEN Toasted White Cranberry and Sauza Cider Hot Toddy are perfect to accompany a lovely holiday feast or fireside conversation. The EFFEN Salted Caramel Chai Sangria brings just the right amount of spice to a traditional sangria cocktail, perfect for cutting that winter chill.  Mix up a batch that serves 20 and keep your guests happy all night long!  The Orange Truffle Delight is also the perfect accompaniment to any party and a breeze to whip up for multiple people in a flash. Check them all out below.

EFFEN® Toasted White Cranberry

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  • 1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 1 3/4 parts White Cranberry Juice
  • 1/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 part Simple Syrup
  • Garnish: Toasted Coconut Flakes

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

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New club location in the city’s downtown core now accepting memberships!

Hard Candy Fitness®, the global luxury fitness brand in partnership with Madonna and New Evolution Ventures (NeV), today announced the October 31st opening of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto located at 382 Yonge Street. The exquisite 42,000 sq. ft. facility is the brand’s first club in North America and the largest of all current Hard Candy Fitness gyms whose current locations include Rome, Sydney, Santiago, Mexico City, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Berlin.

“We are very excited about the opening of Toronto’s new Hard Candy Fitness,” said Leonard Schlemm, chairman and co-owner, of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto. “The club is in one of the city’s most beautiful condominium towers in arguably the most vibrant neighborhood in Toronto.”

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Fourth of July Drink Recipes

In: Charge It, Donovan

Happy Fourth of July to our American readers today. Hope ya’ll having a great holiday. In your honor, I decided to reach out to our friends at Sauza Tequila and Effen Vodka for a few tasty drink recipes to enjoy on Independence Day.

If the following cocktails are too fancy for your liking, my recommendation is to try Sauza’s newest innovation, the Sauza Sparkling Margarita. It’s perfect when you’re looking to spend less time behind the bar and more time entertaining.  Simply chill, pour and pop in a festive straw! As always, drink responsibility and don’t drink and drive.

Sauza® Stars and Stripes Margarita

7 1/2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
4 1/2 parts Dekuyper® Blue Curacao
1 13 ounce can frozen lemonade
1 light beer

Method: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Serve over ice, with or without salt, garnish with a lime wedge or twist and enjoy! Salud! (Serves 7)

more drink recipes after the jump

Summer is just weeks away and that means pride is also right around the corner. So many people have started their “pride diets” and intensified gym programs to get that perfect 6-pack and chiseled physique just right for that pool party or beach day. While I always try to watch what I eat and go to the gym when I can (I’ll admit it’s not nearly as much as I should), like many people I tend to have those problem areas where I just can’t seem to lose weight and tighten up. For me it’s under my chin, and around the midsection. For some people, its on their hips or their legs. Whatever the case may be, I decided to try adding in Venus Freeze treatments to my summer regimen to see if I can’t come closer to that flatter midsection. (I think a 6-pack on me might be a little far fetched).

I first head about Venus Freeze when I was watching Real Housewives of Vancouver and saw Jody, Amanda, and Ronnie getting the treatments in Toronto. I was excited to learn that Phresh Spa in Vancouver had also recently begun offering the treatment and decided to book an appointment with them. Phresh Spa is a beautiful spa tucked away in the Sandman Hotel in Vancouver’s West End. Their staff are extremely welcoming and helpful and their facilities are gorgeous and comfortable. Before I talk about my experience there I should explain what the treatment is and how it works. According to

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Tasty Drink Recipes For Memorial Day Weekend

In: Charge It, Donovan

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer for our American readers. It’s a time to bond with friends, enjoy the sun, relax and partake in some adult beverages. There’s nothing more refreshing than sipping an ice cold cocktail on a hot day at the beach. Don’t you agree? I’m sure you do.

With that in mind, I reached out to a few of our friends to whip up a few tasty concoctions to share. Check out the drink recipes below featuring Sauza Tequila, EFFEN Vodka and Crave Chocolate Liqueurs. Speaking of Sauza, if you haven’t checked out their hot lifeguard, I’ve included him below as well. Enjoy and drink responsibly.

Sauza® Mint Margito

  • 1 cup Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 2 cups Club Soda
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 bunch of Fresh Mint
  • 3 tbsp. Sugar
  • Ice

How To Make

In a small pitcher, muddle together the mint leaves, sugar and lime juice until they start to melt together. Add your Sauza® Blue Silver. Fill 4 glasses with ice and pour cocktail mixture 3/4 of the way to the top of each glass. Fill each glass with club soda and garnish with a lime and an extra sprig of mint. (Serves 4)

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SKMPEEZ 2013 Swimwear Collection

In: Charge It, Fashion, Redd

After another year of successes, Canadian swimwear company SKMPEEZ™ presents a vibrant new collection of men’s swimsuits, just in time for the rising summer temperatures and poolside parties. Building off this dynamic line, SKMPEEZ™ is also embarking on their second collection of a bold new line of UNDEEZ.  This new collection is keeping true to the fun vibrant look of the first collection but with an entirely new sexy approach.

Are you feeling playful, fun or frisky this spring?  Then the new Sazzy line is the perfect new pair of UNDEEZ for you!  They are made of super soft and lightweight modal fabric and are the perfect choice for those hot and steamy spring and summer days.  Sazzy’s are available in both boxz and briefz cuts and are offered in five bold and bright sassy colours.  Choose from Fuschia, Avocado, Teal, Charcoal and Black. What’s your favourite colour?

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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With Sauza Tequila

In: Charge It, Donovan

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone. Today may be the day to partake in everything Mexican related, but it seems for me, I’ve been celebrating all weekend long. What can I say. I love me some Mexican cuisine and beverages. That’s why I’ll never have an eight-pack ;)

I reached out to our friends over at Sauza Tequila for a few drink recipes to share with you today. Our previous post about their cocktails for Margarita Day proved so popular, I thought I’d share some more. Enjoy responsibly. Don’t drink too much. Otherwise you might find it a bit difficult to beat the crap out of that pinata.

Sauza Sunrise

2 parts Sauza Blue Reposado Tequila
2 parts Orange Juice
2 dashes grenadine

In a glass filled with ice stir together orange juice and tequila. Pour the two dashes of grenadine down the side so that it settles to the bottom of the glass. Salud!

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Philips Norelco gets up close and personal with male grooming rituals with their “I’d FAQ Me” campaign. The creative is trying to help the brand expand beyond its older user demographic to a younger, 20-something guy. The campaign was conceived by Ogilvy & Mather and directed by Michael Downing at Epoch. “I’d Date Me” and “I’d Beach Me” are the latest clips from the brilliant new campaign.

The two new ad spots feature men using the company’s Click & Style Razor. Each man stands in front of the mirror manscaping as he contemplates all the wonderful things he would do to himself. From “I’d wink at me,” says one guy to “I would share a shawarma with me,” expect the unexpected to come out of their respective mouths. Both clips end with “I’d FAQ me,” with the middle word, a good sound-alike for the F-bomb, silenced and his mouth pixelated.

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